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Osprey Tempest Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

4.45 based on 358 reviews


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Tempest models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity6-40 l (366-2441 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.3-2.4 oz (0.6-1.1 kg)
Length iconLength17-25 in (43-64 cm)
Width9-12 in (23-30 cm)
Height8-12 in (20-30 cm)

Reviews Summary

93% of the Osprey Tempest reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (88%)
Good (5%)
Average (4%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (0%)

Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Tempest:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Tempest

  • Osprey Tempest is fully comfortable and well made for women to carry along and designed cleverly to have all the features you might need.
  • Though it is listed as ideal for hiking instead of biking on official Osprey’s website, it comes with all the features that can help you in cycling, such as bike light loop, Lidlock helmet carrier, and hydration reservoir. It is a multipurpose pack for your commute.
  • Tempest is lightweight with several buckles and straps dangling over it. The pack has got great attention to detail as it has got so many features.
  • When it comes to design, you can easily access several features and pockets. It is also very comfortable to wear.
  • Both hip belt and harness are suitable for women. It seems Osprey has done a lot of research before making it. Shoulder straps are shaped well for cozy fit. The feel spaced widely and pulls back on shoulders.
  • The straps and belt are padded well with foam in soft mesh and straps have two loops on either side.
  • It gives added stability thanks to its height adjustable sternum strap as well as stretch mesh pocket to pop in a snack bar.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Though it can adjust according to height, but its chest strap positioning may not be suitable to all.
  • It is also not so simple to adjust according to height.

Popular Models

Osprey Tempest 20

55% choose the Osprey Tempest 20

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity20 l (1220 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.6 oz (0.7 kg)
Length iconLength17 in (43 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)

Osprey Tempest 40

17% choose the Osprey Tempest 40

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity40 l (2441 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.4 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)

Osprey Tempest 30

15% choose the Osprey Tempest 30

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity30 l (1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)

Osprey Tempest 9

13% choose the Osprey Tempest 9

Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity9 l (549 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.3 oz (0.6 kg)
Length iconLength18 in (46 cm)
Width9 in (23 cm)
Height8 in (20 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Osprey Tempest features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration compatible
  • Stretch mesh
  • Hip belt
  • Side pockets
  • Adjustable torso
  • Hip belt pockets

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Compression straps
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Shoulder strap pockets
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Packing Guide

See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Tempest models (the most popular choice is the Tempest 20).

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

66 l1.3 oz0.22 oz/L
99 l1.3 oz0.14 oz/L
2020 l1.6 oz0.08 oz/L
3030 l1.9 oz0.06 oz/L
4040 l2.4 oz0.06 oz/L

Osprey Tempest
Average for 17,986+ different bags


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The Osprey Tempest ranks #18 compared with the other Osprey bags.

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The Osprey Tempest ranks #113 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Selected Reviews

Road CC

A comfortable, solidly constructed and versatile pack with more features than you can shake a trekking pole/ice axe at!

Posted 6 June 2016 by Siobhan Kelly - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a good comfortable gear for summer use. A good suspension system with a good ventilation makes it the perfect bag for weekend trips.

Posted 3 November 2014 by Amanda Tikkanen - Read full review

Colorado Mountain Mom

In summary, the Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack ($99) is the lightest, most capable and comfortable backpack I have ever worn, and I highly recommend it.

Posted 9 May 2014 by Tami - Read full review

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Last updated on January 20, 2019